Say what you will, real control comes from violence. Think about all the power structures who ever abused you. Your father only hit you because you were small. He didn't stop because you matured, he stopped because you grew larger, and now that you could hurt him back suddenly you were a threat. Or even worse, now you were smart to report him to authority. And what makes them a threat? Their violence. Their willingness to bring you harm.
The people really in control aren't known. They don't plaster their faces on the Television or post into social media. They use encrypted phones and old messenger systems. And they control the money. You will do what be someone told you to do if they sent you a picture of your daughter tied up with a gun in her mouth. You would do anything, because you are human, and they'll use your humanity against you. Twist you and break the world to become the animals they see in the mirror. It's all a power grab to men who will rape your children. Who will kill you for fun. Who can do whatever and get away with it because they have it all under their thumb. We're going to continue to be steamrolled into a collapse because they are willing to pull the trigger and you are not.